R.I.P. Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Feb 3, 2014 by

“I had insecurities and fears like everybody does, and I got over it.  But I was interested in the parts of me that struggled with those things.” – P.S.H

As you all know by now, Phillip Seymour Hoffman died of an apparent heroin overdose yesterday in his Greenwich Village apartment.  He was 46, and the father to three children.  I’m no stranger to vices,  I have a few of my own.  For those of us who live with them, they can be the focal point of our lives, or seemingly distant memories, but they never leave us.  It saddens me to see anyone die, regardless of circumstance.  It’s easy for some to pass Hoffman’s death off as another celebrity crash and burn.  It’s just as easy for others to praise his work, and the loss we all feel now that he will no longer make movies.  I see both sides, but feel his loss differently.

I mourn the loss of Hoffman, not because I enjoyed his movies (I did), but because he probably wasn’t much different than me.  He worked hard, he was a father, he was someone’s little boy.  I feel for his partner, his children and his mother.  Death is never easy, but it’s even harder when it’s so unnecessary.  Whatever fight he was fighting is over now, and those who loved him are left to deal with it.  Rest in peace Mr. Hoffman.



A few more words from Hoffman:

“I think Magnolia is one of the best films I’ve ever seen and I can say that straight and out and anybody that disagrees with me I’ll fight you to the death.  I just think it is one of the greatest films I’ve ever been in and ever seen.”

And of course, as Lester Bangs in “Almost Famous” – “The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.”



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